Issue 8 - 3 September 2012 enews home

Busy shops snap up retail students

By Patrick Nelson

From left: Carolyn Galea, Annie Burkenhagen, Hayden Martin, Jennifer Williams, Nikkita Crafter, Abbie Lovett, Nikita Austral, Russell Franey, Loretta Banks, Judy Bell, Janice Scrutton, Janelle Driver, Janella Ebatarinja and Morag McGrath

A group of Charles Darwin University retail students has begun working in some of Alice Springs' busiest shops, following the recent completion of a 10-week pre-employment program.

Two of them are working in the Woolworths bakery, another in the deli, while others have been snapped up by Kmart, Target and Dick Smith.

The Certificate I in Retail Services students were graduates of an Indigenous pre-employment program designed to develop confidence, resilience and other employability skills.

Retail Lecturer Judy Bell said this was the second occasion that CDU had contributed to the program and that subsequent programs were in the planning stage.

"[VET trainers] Carolyn [Galea] and I take students through a number of units that give them grounding in technology, communication and health and safety, as appropriate to the retail environment.

"Other providers focus on literacy, numeracy, personal development and leadership for each of the students."

The Indigenous Pre-Employment Program is an initiative of the Mining, Energy and Engineering Academy, and Globally Makes a Difference and funded by the Federal and Territory governments.